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    That's awesome! Nicely done. A job with no...

    That's awesome! Nicely done. A job with no surprises is a rare thing!
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    Use a hydraulic jack in a few places to make sure...

    Use a hydraulic jack in a few places to make sure it's not fastened. Prevents surprises when you have a $300 per hour crane on site.
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    Amazing New wrenches for my toolbox

    Where have these things been all my life? What a great idea. These trite-reach extension wrenches will come in handy when I have to remove a nut or bolt and can only get one or two clicks on my...
  4. No, they weren't BluVacs. I meant to mention...

    No, they weren't BluVacs. I meant to mention that. The ones we tried were not accurate. Wouldn't pull down to what we knew the pump would do. JB checked the pump and my Thermal was within a few...
  5. I've tried 2 digital micron gauges, and returned...

    I've tried 2 digital micron gauges, and returned them both. Still using my analog Thermal a Engineering gauge. If I found a digital one that I could trust, I'd buy several.
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    Just run it outside. It might be messy for a...

    Just run it outside. It might be messy for a couple of years, but eventually it will find its way to a lake or stream and, in the process, create a new river. You could name it Poodle Head Creek. :D
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    Haven't seen one of those in a while. Last one...

    Haven't seen one of those in a while. Last one was in the fire department kitchen :)
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    You are missing the services of a professional...

    You are missing the services of a professional refrigeration technician. When you call him, do him a favor and let him provide the parts. Don't go and buy them online. A professional will be able to...
  9. Along with leather and gaskets, they work great...

    Along with leather and gaskets, they work great for making holes in rubber too.
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    It's a 1500. They didn't make AWD in 2500 or...

    It's a 1500. They didn't make AWD in 2500 or 3500. So far, I'm really happy with it.
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    When the system is open, do a flush of the...

    When the system is open, do a flush of the existing tubing, cap tube, and evap with RX-11. Then install R-134a compressor with POE oil. Has worked flawlessly for us.
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    Nice work. Love the Hyperheat here in Minnesota....

    Nice work. Love the Hyperheat here in Minnesota. Where did you find to run all the drains?
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    Just picked up, and set up a new service van....

    Just picked up, and set up a new service van. Wanted all wheel drive because of Minnesota Winters, but Chevy quit making them in 2014 I think. Picked up a 2013 Chevy Express AWD and spent over 40 hrs...
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    Nice catch! These types of problems can be a real...

    Nice catch! These types of problems can be a real bugger.
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    Never tried the Robinaire. They look robust...

    Never tried the Robinaire. They look robust though. I've run across a few and they were not leaking.
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    I've used these for over 22 years. On sealed...

    I've used these for over 22 years. On sealed systems that need service, they are great. I've left them on permanently on dozens of occasions with no leaks.

    I know the very best is to braze a...
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    Good catch hvacsolutions. Finding the leak can be...

    Good catch hvacsolutions. Finding the leak can be a real PITA, but it sure feels good when you get the little bastards.
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    Hopefully not hijacking here, but I've been a...

    Hopefully not hijacking here, but I've been a 4-valve manifold man for over 20 years. I like the larger vacuum hose connected to my pump and evacuate through the high and low side. When evacuation is...
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    I just worked on that one last week. Trimmed it...

    I just worked on that one last week. Trimmed it up with sheet metal shears. Boy that stuff really grows back fast!
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    Leak detection sucks sometimes. Use your eyes,...

    Leak detection sucks sometimes. Use your eyes, your brain, an electronic detector, and bubbles. When all of that fails, inject UV dye and let the system run a couple of weeks. Come back with a UV...
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    I am the OP. :yes:

    I am the OP. :yes:
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    I've actually got one. Filled with Mercury. It...

    I've actually got one. Filled with Mercury. It has 4 tubes for synchronizing carbs on a motorcycle. Thanks for the idea!
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    Everything looks nice, neat, and professional. I...

    Everything looks nice, neat, and professional. I would be proud.
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    How do you test a micron gauge?

    I've been using an analog Thermal Engineering micron gauge for years. The readings are reasonable for what I'm doing, and I've never had an issue with a system after servicing due to improper...
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    One more thing. If you have the cardboard back...

    One more thing. If you have the cardboard back off of the unit, it might not cool right. On a lot of those residential refrigerators, the back needs to be in place to route the air properly over the...
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    Yeah, the name of the door manufacturer will...

    Yeah, the name of the door manufacturer will allow you to look up a manual to get the adjustment procedure. The model number plate is normally located inside on the door frame on one of the ends.
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    No, I could see light through the coils and water...

    No, I could see light through the coils and water penetrated, so I figured I didn't need to. At the end of the day, the pressures were spot on perfect.
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    X2 Existing insulation is probably water...

    X2

    Existing insulation is probably water logged and useless. A good insulation job should fix the problem.
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    High head. Overcharge.

    5 ton carrier rooftop, R22, on a bar. Owner has had issues for years and had 5 other techs work on unit during that time.

    80 degree ambient, 65psi low side. High side creeping up to 350. Owner...
  30. Wow. Dollar General's management company called...

    Wow. Dollar General's management company called us last week. At first, I was interested, then read the contract. Sent them an email saying I don't think working for them is in our best interests.
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  31. Also, you might consider moving the thermostat to...

    Also, you might consider moving the thermostat to a different location where it is easier to pull new wire.
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    Hrdworkingacguy, can you point me in the...

    Hrdworkingacguy, can you point me in the direction of a source?
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    Need to get a room down to -40F

    OK, Got a customer who does testing on building materials... Determining R-Values, etc.

    They called and want to build a testing "room" that holds -40F inside. The room dimensions are 8'h X 4'w X...
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    It's feeding a sauna with electric elements.

    It's feeding a sauna with electric elements.
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    All inspectors work for the state here. He has...

    All inspectors work for the state here. He has #10 wire on a 40amp breaker. Had 120v circuits on double pole breakers. Doubled up 2 circuits on one single pole breaker.

    I've got a new 200amp...
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    State Electrical Inspector Wired This

    I bought my house from a MN state electrical inspector last year. He wired the house himself.602121
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    You could strap empty refrigerant containers to...

    You could strap empty refrigerant containers to the units. Then they could float.
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    I've worked with A-coils all my life, but rarely...

    I've worked with A-coils all my life, but rarely get to work on a P-coil. You are very lucky!
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    Just a shot in the dark, but is it possible to...

    Just a shot in the dark, but is it possible to size up the cap tube and change the length? I don't understand how it can be getting plugged with a new filter/dryer.
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    Along with great tech support, Mitsubishi has the...

    Along with great tech support, Mitsubishi has the best online support, troubleshooting, and documentation. www.mylinkdrive.com
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    The OP stated that the system has always...

    The OP stated that the system has always performed well in the past, but now won't achieve set point. So, what has changed?

    Unless someone snuck some extra 410a in there, or changed the office,...
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    ABM-100 from aabsmart.com is awesome. It plugs in...

    ABM-100 from aabsmart.com is awesome. It plugs in to your smart phone and with the free app, you get great data with the ability to save data points. Around 50 bucks, if I remember right.

    My...
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    Assuming you are talking about a residential...

    Assuming you are talking about a residential outdoor condensing unit. In my experience, aside from installation, those valves rarely get touched. If you are going to open the system for service, I...
  44. OK, I'm weird. In the winter, I keep my windows...

    OK, I'm weird. In the winter, I keep my windows in my bedroom cracked so the room stays at 50 or below. In the summer, I have my A/C at 60. It's a little uncomfortable, but I can live with sleeping...
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    New condensing unit, new evaporator, new...

    New condensing unit, new evaporator, new pipes..... New customer for life.
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    I haven't used an electronic leak detector for...

    I haven't used an electronic leak detector for about 10 years. Had some Tiff detectors, but got so many false positives (foam off gassing, bad breath, etc) that I just quit using them. I've been...
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    Probably 2, but I'd call them and ask. Their...

    Probably 2, but I'd call them and ask. Their customer service is second to none.
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    I agree that sealing the box is the first step,...

    I agree that sealing the box is the first step, but a close second is to install a KE2Therm Evaporator Efficiency Controller. www.ke2therm.com

    Every one I've installed has been met with rave...
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    I've never had a problem putting an R134a...

    I've never had a problem putting an R134a compressor with POE oil in small cap tube systems. I do, however, flush the lines with RX-11 and install a new filter, of course. Pull a good vacuum, and...
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    Yes, I think it was a great deal, and no, it...

    Yes, I think it was a great deal, and no, it doesn't open up to the 2-⅝" anymore. That's OK because I rarely work on suction lines that large. Typically ⅝" to 1-⅜".
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